Senior Gift Requests Expected to Increase This Holiday as Economic Slump Continues Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.
The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties has joined local health care partners (see below for complete list) and area Walmart stores to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.
“Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Carlette Howell, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Pensacola area.
“What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.”
Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which will go upon Nov. 1 at the Walmart stores below, feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests.
Participating Walmart locations:
• 8970 Pensacola Blvd. in Pensacola
• 4965 Highway 90 in Pace
• 3767 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
• 2951 South Blue Angel Parkway in Pensacola
• 2650 Creighton Road in Pensacola
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Howell said. “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.”
The program runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Important dates of note are as follows:
Nov. 1: Trees go up in area stores and businesses
Dec. 15: Community gift wrapping party – the general public is invited to come and help!
Dec. 15: Delivery of gifts to seniors in the community
For more information about the program, call 850-477-1947 or log on to beasantatoasenior.com.
“Dancing in the Dark” with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra The Board of Directors of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra invites you to join us for “Dancing in the Dark,” the 15th annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, November 13th at Pensacola Country Club.
As a new twist this year, co-chairs Teri Levin, Robert Turner, and Betty Roberts have crafted an enchanted evening full of mystery and disguise. Make sure to wear your masks! Events begin at 6PM and will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a fantastic dinner, silent and live auctions, and music and dancing with Brooks Hubbert. Violinist Brooks Wood Smith will also be on hand to serenade you at your table.
As Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s major annual fundraiser, proceeds from the Ball will benefit all artistic and educational programs.
“All of our education programs benefit from the Ball,” says Executive Director Bret Barrow. “With every ‘Dancing in the Dark’ seat sold, we’re that much closer to bringing all 5th grade students from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to the Saenger to hear the orchestra for free, or bringing one of our world-class guest artists to teach area high school students. Of course, it will also be a really fun evening out!”
Seats are $150 and are on sale now. Call the PSO office at (850) 435-2533 or order online at pensacolasymphony.com
Dancing in the Dark is sponsored by Avalex Technologies, Centennial Imports, Bank of America, Bud Light Lime, Mark Lee – Resort Realty, Gulf Coast Community Bank, Morgan-Keegan, Wells Fargo, and O’Sullivan Creel Wealth Advisors, and Friends of the Ball include Raisa Overstreet-Merrill Lynch, Brad and Betty Roberts, Robert and Gloria Turner, Teri Levin, and Antonio and Bentina Terry.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Hosts Special Program for Native American Heritage Month In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, Gulf Islands National Seashore will host anthropologist Dr. Ramie Gougeon from the University of West Florida for a special one-hour program, “Native Americans Cultures of the Southeast and Pensacola Area.” The talk will be held at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center Auditorium in Gulf Breeze on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Gougeon will share his interest and research that includes late prehistory of American Indians living in the southeast and spotlights the sources and expressions of social and political power in middle-range, chiefdom societies.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Brown invites the public to attend our Native American Heritage Month presentation. The program is free. For additional information about this program or other programs offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at (850) 934-2600 or visit our website at nps.gov/guis.
The 3rd Annual Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament The Greater Pensacola Tuskegee Alumni Club will be hosting the 3rd Annual Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament (in memory of Joe Morris Jr.) at Osceola Golf Course on Saturday, November 13. Registration is at 7:30am, shotgun start is at 8:30 am, and the awards presentation is at 1:30 pm, with lunch immediately after. The tournament entry fee is $140 per 2-men team or $70 per person and includes lunch, green fees, cart rental, goodie bags, and door prizes. Platinum sponsorship is $1,000 and includes 2-2 men teams, sponsor, 2-tee box sign at designated holes, and recognition at event and media outlets. Gold sponsorship is $750 and includes 2-2 men teams, and 2-tee box signs at designated holes. Silver sponsorship is $500 and includes 2 men teams, and 1-tee box sign at designated holes. Bronze sponsorship is $300 and includes 1-tee box sign, and no players.